Rebecca Gomperts
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'Abortion pills safer than penicillin'

The Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts says abortion pills are safe and recognised by the World Health Organization as life-saving medicines.

The Dutch physician Rebecca Gomperts says abortion pills are safe and recognised by the World Health Organization as life-saving medicines.

Dr Gomperts is a women's rights activist from the Netherlands. In 1999 she founded Women on Waves, allowing women living in countries with strict abortion laws to have a termination by boarding a clinic ship which would sail into neutral waters where Dutch laws would apply.

But she has encountered strong opposition from pro-life groups and governments - including facing down warships when her yacht approached Portugal.

More recently her organisation has been sending abortion pills directly to women wishing to terminate a pregnancy.

You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Tuesday 29 October at 14:30 and 20:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel at 00:30 on Wednesday 30 October.

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  • 29 Oct
  • From the section Health